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Posted in: What's App? News from the app and the office on September 24, 2018 by Shannon McFarland

Darren and Morgan, founders of Marcato

It all started 10 years ago with two musicians who were traveling and playing at festivals, then sharing ideas about the music industry on the tour van. Both musicians at heart with years of experience in the music industry, they also had business savvy and technical skills. And a dream to fix the music industry. The ideas Darren Gallop and Morgan Currie shared while riding tour vans between gigs would ultimately become Marcato. What started with thoughts about better ways…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on August 29, 2018 by Shannon McFarland

Music festival in Australia. Photo by danny howe on Unsplash

Festivals are booming in Australia. During the six years Marcato has been in the music festival scene in Australia, we’ve seen an explosion of growth. More awesome festivals, artists, and fans. In the last year, Australia boasted 10 of the Top 100 grossing concerts in the world. Among those ten were two mega festivals: Byron Bay Bluesfest and CMC Rocks Queensland. Now we’re excited to announce our account executive Mark Sparrow will be in Australia this November as a delegate…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers Uncategorized What's App? News from the app and the office on October 12, 2017 by Natasha Hillier

Our support team has been supporting festivals and live events for a combined 20 years and we’ve helped over 1500 events successfully use and benefit from our product. With these statistics come an expertise that is unmatched by any other support team in the event management software industry. Basically, what we are trying to say is: we know what we are doing and we want to help you feel the same way when it comes to festival management software. The…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers Uncategorized on August 11, 2017 by Ashley MacDonald

Awhile back, we wrote a blog about the value of succession planning for your festival or live event, as well as its importance for building a festival legacy. We’d like to expand upon that concept even more and delve deeper into some other points to consider when handling the gruelling job of creating a risk management plan for your team. Even just talking about a risk management plan usually causes an immediate sense of resentment. Let’s be honest: It’s definitely not the…

Posted in: Featured Festivals Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on June 22, 2017 by Natasha Hillier

Radical changes in the European political and social climates have inspired the festival association, Yourope, to Take a Stand. The political divisiveness of Brexit and the recent tragedy at the Manchester stop on Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” tour are two recent reminders of why Take a Stand is a relevant cause. A festival of any variety draws a diverse crowd of attendees who come from every corner of the world to celebrate music, food, art, and movies. It feels that…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on December 14, 2016 by Natasha Hillier

Everyone needs to eat during their stay at your event, and we’re not just talking patrons — your staff, artists, and volunteers are working so hard to put your event together and need to be fed well!  This is why festival catering or live event catering is such an important element of an event! That being said, when setting up your festival catering plan, things are often overlooked until they actually become a major issue onsite — which is, of…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on November 28, 2016 by Natasha Hillier

This blog was written by Marcato’s CEO & Cheif Security Officer, Darren Gallop, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), with over 20 years of experience in the festival and live event industry! Over the last 10 years, we have watched as the festival space has adopted a plethora of new technologies. Both festivals and supplier partners process and store huge quantities of personal and confidential information about our patrons, partners, employees, investors, artists, volunteers, and vendors.  And we do so…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on April 17, 2015 by Natasha Hillier

Festivals, more often than not, are products of passion. When establishing these events, organizers are not usually thinking years ahead, wondering about how their legacies and foundational planning will be passed onto others. This is why festival succession planning can be such a challenge for organizations looking to lock-in their legacies and ensure consistent quality in years to come. Like in every industry, there are exceptions to the rule; some festivals spring out of a large investments, while others spring…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on March 9, 2015 by Natasha Hillier

When exploring whether festival management software might be a fit for your festival, it’s very important to consider the question of, ‘is my festival too small for festival management software?’ Seeing as festival management software is relatively new to the festival industry, the question of who really benefits from using a software like this can sometimes be unclear. Common Objections Are: “Our festival isn’t big enough to warrant a system like that.” “We already have some great internal processes in-place…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on February 26, 2015 by Natasha Hillier

Performing artists and talent are the bread and butter for most festivals out there. In many cases, festival lineups can consist of over 100 artists, each one bringing along their own individual band members, crew, and equipment. It would be an understatement to say artist management takes up a lot of a festival’s administrative resources. The issue is talent management can overwhelm festival organizers, sometimes leaving them blind to other areas of need. Because of this problem, Marcato developed a…

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